Could One Nation snap up Gympie seat? Perrett responds

A breakdown of electorates reveals Pauline Hanson's One Nation party secured a significant portion of the vote in the Gympie state electorate in the last federal election.
A breakdown of electorates reveals Pauline Hanson's One Nation party secured a significant portion of the vote in the Gympie state electorate in the last federal election. DAN PELED

UPDATE: GYMPIE MP Tony Perrett has responded to suggestions Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party could take the Gympie electorate in the next Queensland election.

The Australian newspaper this week highlighted 13 electorates where One Nation had secured more than 20% of the vote in the last federal election. 

Mr Perrett told the Gympie Times there were "no certainties in politics".

"At the next state election all candidates will have an equal chance and any one of them could be elected to represent the State seat of Gympie," Mr Perrett said.

"Gympie has previously elected a One Nation member who resigned from the party only 12 months later to be an Independent."

He said there were still plenty of variables that would affect the next election.

"We do not know the date. We do not have any candidates," he said.

"We do not even know the final boundaries of the Gympie electorate."

He said he was more concerned with "appalling treatment Gympie receives from the state Labor Government".

"I will continue to work hard for the residents of this region and take the fight up to the Labor Government which is not delivering for our region," he said.

EARLIER: THE Gympie electorate is among the most likely in Queensland to fall into the hands of Pauline Hanson's One Nation at the next state election.

One Nation looks likely to steal at least 10 seats from the major parties at the Queensland election, with regional LNP seats the most vulnerable.

The Australian is reporting that 13 electorates in regional Queensland had voting booths where One Nation secured more than 20% support, highlighting pockets of major support for the minor party.

The seats of Gympie, Lockyer, Callide, Condamine, Nanango, Hervey Bay, Southern Downs, Burnett, Gregory -- all held by the LNP -- could fall to One Nation if her support continues to build.

Similarly, Labor-held electorates of Mirani, Ipswich West and Maryborough may also be lost to Ms Hanson's party.

Griffith University political analyst Paul Williams said seats of Condamine and Callide were more likely to land in the hands of One Nation, particularly if Callide MP Jeff Seeney does not re-contest his seat.

The figures come a day after Newspoll showed One Nation had tripled its support since the election, with 6% support nationally and 10% support in Queensland for lower house seats.

Gympie Times

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